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Provided by Craig Stebbins
Drawn by Bud Southworth
The "Correy Field" VT-25 patch comes from the effects of Lt. Cdr. Donald J. Stebbins, who was an instructor attached to VT-1 and NABTC (3/63 to 3/66) between Patrol Squadron and ASW squadron stints. He was killed during an operational flight accident while flying off the Yorktown in Jan 1968 with VS-23, in S-2E's. His son believes this patch may have come from his primary flight training at Pensacola in 1957.
Jack Jennings Lt Col USMC (ret)
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01 JULY 1954 - - Advanced Training Unit 204 (ATU 204) established.
1955 - - - - - - ATU 204 re-designated Advanced Training Unit 213 (ATU 213).
May 1960 - - - - ATU 213 was re-designated as Training Squadron 25 (VT 25).
1954 to 1993 - Naval Air Station Chase Field near Beeville, Texas.
Training Air Wing Three
Date Type First Received - - - - - - Type of Aircraft:
July 1954 - - - - TV-2 Shooting Star & F9F-2 Panther (ATU-204)
19??- - - - - - - North American T-28 Trojan.
19??- - - - - - - Grumman F9F-8T Cougar.(ATU-213?)
May 1960- - - - - F9F-8 Cougar.
4 December 1972 - Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk.
For A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to this unit see lower in this page:
May 1960 to July 1961 - - Cdr. L.R. Bemis
July 1971 to July 1962- - Cdr. R.J. Rosen
July 1962 to Feb 1964 - - W.L.Cranney (rank unknown)
Feb 1964 to Jan 1965- - - J.L.O'Neil (rank unknown)
Jan 1965 to Feb 1966- - - Cdr. J.H. Cover
Feb 1966 to Jan 1967- - - G.J. Ketchmark (rank unknown)
Jan 1967 to Jan 1968- - - E.R. Hallett (rank unknown)
Jan 1968 to Jan 1969- - - B.T. Sutherlin (rank unknown)
Jan 1969 to Dec 1969- - - S.T. Zink (rank unknown)
Dec 1969 to Dec 1970- - - CDR L.H. Wells
Dec 1970 to Dec 1971- - - CDR C.T. Lusk
Dec 1971 to Oct 1972- - - A.C. Stallings (rank unknown)
Oct 1972 to Jan 1974- - - W.F. Propst (rank unknown)
Jan 1974 to Apr 1975- - - N.W. Melnick (rank unknown)
Apr 1975 to Jul 1976- - - W.D. Jones (rank unknown)
Jul 1976 to Oct 1977- - - W.R. McGowen (rank unknown)
Oct 1977 to Jan 1979- - - E.G. Redden (rank unknown)
Jan 1979 to Apr 1980- - - W.L. Alcorn (rank unknown)
Apr 1980 to Jul 1981- - - R.L. Kiem (rank unknown)
Jul 1981 to Oct 1982- - - D.W. Scott (rank unknown)
Oct 1982 to Jan 1984- - - R.J. Holberg (rank unknown)
Jan 1984 to Apr 1985- - - M.B. Scott (rank unknown)
Apr 1985 to Sep 1986- - - B.J. Craig (rank unknown)
1990 to 10 Dec 1990 - - - P.J. Parmetier (rank unknown)
- CDR W. Slighter
1969- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Selected Top Jet Squadron.
1973, 84- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - CNO Safety Award.
1979, 83 and 85 - - - - - - - - - - - CNATRA Award for training effectiveness.
November 17, 1984 to June 1, 1985 - - Meritorious Unit Commendation (MUC).
1985- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - CNATRA Golden Wrench.
May 23, 1985- - - - - - - - - - - - - Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award.
July 1983 to May 1985 - - - - - - - - MUC
1 October 1987 to 30 September 1988 - Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation.
January 10, 1977: An unidentified pilot ejected safely after his TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158511 exploded in mid-air due to suspected engine failure while he was practicing landings at Chase Field.
December 17, 1979: Ens. Patrick Coyle ejected from TA-4J BuNo 158720 when he had to abort the takeoff from Yuma International Airport. His TA-4J left the runway and slammed into a hanger at 280 mph, killing one person and injuring three others in a fiery mass of spewing fuel and exploding ammunition.
February 13, 1980: With 5198tfh. 1st Lt. Steve Scott lost control on take off & and ejected, the a/c flies through VT-24 line at MCAS Yuma, damaging 2 other a/c).
February 13, 1980: 1st Lt. Steve Scott perished in a takeoff accident in TA-4J BuNo 155101at MCAS Yuma, AZ.
February 14, 1980: BuNo.156916 of VT-25, (C-5xx), SOC (1DA2) with 5343tfh. hit a radio tower at Port O’Conner, TX, both LT Dave Hankins & student LTJG Dave Huckaba were killed.
August, 1986: Tom Waterbury preflights a specially painted VT-25 TA-4 BuNo 155103 for a trip to EAA's Air Venture in Oshkosh. Tom was later killed in a USS Forrestal accident in a VT-19 T-2A. Both Tom and his father flew A-4s during different eras.
September 7, 1987: Cmdr. Michael R Gass & Lt. Thomas S. Crafton ejected from TA-4J BuNo 153681 20 miles north of Beeville, TX.
July 10, 1989: Lt(jg). Bryce Gearhart perished in TA-4J BuNo 153521 20 miles west of Goliad, TX while practicing carrier field landings.
1987: VT-24 and VT-25 maintenance departments combined into a TW-3 Maintenance Department. Squadrons remained separate entities.
September 14, 1989: Instructor Lt Jim Myers and a student in TA-4J BuNo 159100 got into an inverted spin and ejected. The student was uninjured but Myers broke his left arm.
December 10, 1990: Cdr. Philip J. Palmatier Jr., CO of VT-25 at Chase Field, Beeville, TX, was killed and the student pilot perished following a mid-air collision between their TA-4J Skyhawks (possibly 158098 & 158125) during takeoff and landing practice from the carrier USS Lexington 85 miles NW of Key West, FL.
April 1, 1991: 23 year old student pilot, U.S. Navy Ensign James R. Ronka, attached to: NAS Chase Field, Texas USA, was to fly a solo peacetime training mission with three other aircraft on 11th April 1991.
April 18, 1991: While on a night fam flight in TA-4J BuNo 154303, instructor LCdr. Sullivan and student 1stLt. Michael V. "Mike" Franzak ejected safely.
April 15, 1992: USS Forrestal - Deck log
30 JUL 1977: R.W. Harrison, Description: Left front view of CNATRA TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 158712, C-000, on the ramp, Griffiss AFB, 30 July 1977. Names below the canopy are RADM Burt Shepherd and LT W Chambers. Copyright R.W. Harrison.
A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to VT-25:
- Some A-4 Skyhawk Modex assignments in VT-25:
- 153500 VT-25, (C-501), (noted May 80)
- 153515 VT-25, (C-519), (noted on static display at NAS Brunswick 21 Aug 82), TW-3, (C-451).
- 153517 VT-25, (C-504), (noted c82), noted at Carswell AFB Airshow Oct 87 as (C-501).
- 153521 VT-25,(C-5xx), crashed 10 Jul 89.
- 153675 VT-25, (C-528), (noted Apr 80), TW-3, (C-455), (noted c90)
- 155101 VT-25, (C-5xx), SOC (1DA2) 13 Feb 80 with 5198tfh. (1Lt Steve Scott lost control on take off & ejected, the a/c & flies through VT-24 line at MCAS Yuma, damaging 2 a/c)
- 155103 VT-25, (C-509), (C-575), 75th Anniversary aircraft. c86-87
- 155106 VT-25, (C-529), (C-000), noted at NAS Jacksonville, Dec 85
- 156916 VT-25, (C-5xx), SOC (1DA2) 14 Feb 80 with 5343tfh. (hit a radio tower at Port O’Conner, TX, both Lt Dave Hankins & student Ltjg Dave Huckaba were killed)
- 156937 VT-25, (C-521), (noted at Andrews AFB May 75), (nt on static display at Pease AFB 31 Aug 85)
- 158079 VT-25, (C-566)
- 158100 VT-25, (C-000), (noted at NAS New Orleans, LA Aug 82)
- 158102 VT-25, (C-5xx), SOC (1DA2) 31 Jul 79 with 3790th
- 158120 VT-25, (C-510), TW-3, (C-473)
- 158140 VT-25, (C-520)
- 158515 VT-25, (C-502), (noted c78)
- 158521 VT-25, (C-501)
- 158523 VT-25, (C-516)
- 158717 VT-25, (C-5xx), SOC (1KA2) 31 May 79 with 2999th
- 158720 VT-25, (C-5xx), SOC (1AA1) 17 Dec 79 with 3512th
- 158723 VT-25, (C-501)
- 159100 VT-25, (C-502), (noted c82)
- Courtesy of Thomas Bass